Irv Garfinkel


Founding PI on the Future of Families and Child Wellbeing Study (formerly known as the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study).

Ph.D. 1970 University of Michigan, Social Work and Economics. 

Mitchell I. Ginsberg Professor of Contemporary Urban Problems, Columbia School of Social Work. 

Co-Director of the Columbia Population Research Center  

Irv Garfinkel is a world-leading researcher on poverty and the welfare state and a go-to resource for policymakers interested in anti-poverty programs at all levels of government. A social worker and an economist by training, he has authored or co-authored over 180 scientific articles and twelve books on poverty, income transfers, program evaluation, single parent families and child support, and the welfare state. His research on child support influenced legislation in Wisconsin and other American states, the U.S. Congress, Great Britain, Australia, and Sweden.